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Oct 1, 2012 4:00am EDT
. >> gearing up, president obama and mitt romney prepare for their first debate. a show down in denver this wednesday. >>> and on the record, are arnold schwarzenegger opens up on "60 minutes" about the affair that produce ad son and ended his marriage. >> it was the stupidest thing i've done in the whole relationship. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for monday, october 1, 2012. >>> good morning. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. this morning in afghanistan the taliban is claiming responsibility for a suicide attack that killed at least 14 people, including three nato service members. a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle rammed into a patrol. americans have a large presence there. nato is trying to sort out a weekend attack in afghanistan that left two americans dead. the casualties push the number of u.s. personnel killed in afghanistan to 2,000. the circumstances of saturday's violence remains unclear but a fire fight broke out at a checkpoint in eastern afghanistan. what nato hasn't determined so far was the gun battle a result of an insider attack or a deadly misunderstanding. >
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Oct 4, 2012 7:00pm EDT
>>> on our broadcast tonight, the showdown, president obama, mitt romney and the debate in denver everyone is talking about. >>> breaking news about american airlines. why dozens of planes in the air tonight are being grounded when they land. >>> out of gas. why some gas stations are shutting down in a placehere prices are already over $5 a gallon. >>> is it a hidden danger in plastics and cans of high importance to mothers and their newborns. >>> and what we look like to them. "nightly news" begins now. to t. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. they now estimate over 67 million of us watched the debate in denver last night and what people saw was a highly energized, motivated and combative mitt romney sharing the stage with a subdued and lackluster president obama. what they saw was mitt romney on his way over the course of 90 minutes to scoring a clear and consensus victory in what will be the first of three meetings between these two men. for romney, today felt like a new chapter. here's a look at the crowd waiting for him in virginia, while the president today said so
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Oct 5, 2012 4:00am EDT
romney is in virginia. governor romney boasted about his debate performance and told supporters he will take back the white house, but for the first time romney backed away from his controversial remarks about the 47% of americans who don't pay federal income taxes. he was asked what he would have said if that came up in the debate. >> clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions, now and then you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. in this case i said something that's just completely wrong. i absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that i care about 100%. >> president obama campaigned in wisconsin and sharply criticized romney's statements during the debate on tax cuts, education and outsourcing as misleading to the middle class and the president had this to say about his opponent's plan for reducing the deficit. >> i just want to make sure i got this straight. he'll get rid of regulations on wall street but he's going to crack down on sesame street. thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on bi
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00pm EDT
directly. >> reporter: romney's hoping the debate strengthens his poll numbers in battleground states. tomorrow there's a new factor, a jobs report that looks like it will help president obama. showing fewer layoffs. live from denver, i'm steve handelsman, news4. >> less than an hour to go until governor romney takes the stage in northern virginia. it's the first time he and paul ryan have campaigned together in the commonwealth since ryan was introduced as the gop running mate in norfolk. northern virginia bureau chief julie carey is live in fishersville, virginia. the romney supporters must be feeling reenergized tonight. >> reporter: hey, doreen, i would have to describe the atmosphere here festive. thousands have packed into this location to show mitt romney exactly what they think of his debate performance last night. telling us in fact the roads into this venue have been backed up for miles, folks making their way in here. this is a solidly red part of virginia. but even here romney backers say the debate inspires them to get behind this ticket in a whole new way. decked out in
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Oct 8, 2012 2:05am EDT
they saw in the debate was clear. mitt romney's plan is to go back to a failed economic theory of tax cuts for the very rich, despite the fact that he denied the existence of tax cuts or the existence of math. the notion that let's go to war on wall street -- go to war with "sesame street" but give wall street a big wet kiss. that's exactly what got us into this mess. >> that's not what they saw. i get the interpretation. you have a campaign to win. but what they saw was one guy who seemed to be someone they'd never seen before. he shattered the fiction of the advertising. he was a guy brimming with new ideas and energy. and they saw the president of the united states sleep walking. >> mike, i don't think -- >> let me finish. the tired contrast rang a bell. romney has ideas, and the president has no vision for his second term. and i think that's what hurt him. >> mike, i don't doubt this was someone they had never seen before. i think there were people in the romney campaign who had never seen this candidate. a week ago paul ryan was asked to explain the math of a $4.8 trillion tax cu
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00pm EDT
it and if he wants to make some changes in the next debate, he'll do so. >> reporter: romney strategists claim all that changed about their guy was the audience. >> i think people saw him for the first time, a lot of people, not in a 30-second attack ad or 12-second snippet on the news. but got to hear him directly. >> reporter: romney's hoping the debate strengthens his poll numbers in battleground states. tomorrow there's a new factor, a jobs report expected to help president obama, by showing fewer layoffs. live from denver, steve handelsman, news4. >>> more now on the continuing coverage of that first presidential debate. nbc news senior political editor mark murray joins us now with new analysis of last night's big debate. >> mark, instant polling and survey say they thought romney won the debate, and the president didn't help himself. do you agree with that? >> i pretty much do agree. look at the body lang raj from the campaign, obama was trying to do a little bit of cleanup. when you have to do that, you end up getting the better of the debate performance. i was surpri
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00am EDT
romney, the president sees this debate as a chance to talk to america. >> it's a choice between two different paths for this country. it's a choice between two fundamentally different visions for our nation. >> reporter: the president has a lead in all nine of the key battleground states, including ohio, which begins early balloting today. >> romney's task is difficult because he has to redefine himself as well as redefining the election. >> reporter: an election only 35 days away but still far from over. and the first debate is on the domestic issues that are defining this election. >>> ryan moore in washington. thanks. >>> the candidates for the u.s. senate seat in massachusetts, scott brown and elizabeth warren, debated for the second time last night. the two were combative as they staked out opposite issues from jobs and bringing troops home. david gregory from "meet the press" as moderator, they clashed over brown's claim of partisan independence. >> if he's re-elected, that increases the odds that the republicans will control the senate and that he can block president obama's
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00am EDT
>>> this morning on "early today," mile high showdown as president obama and mitt romney prepare for tonight's crucial debate. our brand new poll numbers show where they stand. >>> midair mess. another incident of loose seats on an american airlines flight, and now the company says it knows why. >>> and shock value. there's a magician, david blaine. he goes high voltage in his blaine. he goes high voltage in his latest stunt. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with a high stakes debate. all eyes turn to denver for tonight's first presidential debate of the 2012 race, and a new nbc news wall street journal poll finds president obama is holding on to his national lead, but not by very much. 49% of likely voters favor the president while 46% prefer mitt romney. that's only a 3% edge for obama which is within the survey's margin of error, but when it comes to a poll of registered voters the president widens his lead over romney to 7 points, 51% to 44. and finally they say the nation is headed in the right direction. 40%. mea
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Oct 6, 2012 11:00pm EDT
. >>> mitt romney is gaining ground, fueled by a post debate bump. one poll shows them both neck and neck. and s.a.t. rules in effect today. what students now need to do before taking the test. >>> plus, bond takes on late night. look how daniel craig is ♪ [ female announcer ] at yoplait, we want you to feel even better about your favorite flavors. so when you call, tweet, and post, we listen. that's why yoplait light and yoplait orinal are now made with no high fructose corn syrup. and why we use only natural colors and natural flavors in yoplait original. so, anything else we can do for you, let us know. but you'll keep it to yogurt, right? 'cause we shouldn't really help with your love life. yoplait. it is so good! >>> mitt romney's debate performance this past wednesday giving him a bump in the polls. a new reuters poll has him within two points of president obama, frailing him 47% to 45% among likely voters nationwide. that's compared to a six-point gap before the debate. romney's performance in denver game hiv a financial boost. his campaign received $12 million in online donation
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Oct 4, 2012 6:00am EDT
somebody in that type of setting. so we move to the next debate. it seems like mitt romney did very well on style, although substance might have been a different matter. >> speaking of substance, a lot of people thought this debate was more informative, but did these issues and ideas connect to the voters? >> i think so. you look at this abroad, there were so many statistics that were at issue. i did think it was a very substantive debate, but going on the substantive part, i think the next 24 hours or so, the obama campaign has the opportunity to seize on some of the facts that mitt romney was citing. one of the things he talked about, he said my tax plan isn't going to benefit wealthy high income americans, but every tax analysis out there shows that the wealthiest are going to be the ones who would end up getting the biggest benefit from his tax plan. so it will be interesting to see. i think mitt romney won the first 24 hours or so. it will be interesting to see what ends up happening the next 24 hours. >> the point a lot of people are making is will the debates actually make a diffe
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Oct 4, 2012 11:00am EDT
rehashing last night's debate. the debate was make or break for mitt romney who appeared confident, commanding and in control. at times, it seemed a subdued president obama was less prepared allowing romney to steer the direction of the debate. many, including "meet the press" host, david gregory calling romney the clear winner. >> his proposal calls for a tax cut on top of $2 trillion of spending. >> everything he said about my tax plan is inaccurate. if the tax plan he described were a tax plan i was asked to support, i would say absolutely not. >> reporter: there's no time for rest. the senior advisers on the "today" show, early this morning. >> governor romney put more preparation into it than they did into the invasion of normandy. i expected a strong performance and got it. >> many were watching governor romney without 30 second attack ads. >> reporter: perhaps most evidence during the closing statement. >> four years ago, i said i'm not a perfect man and wouldn't be a perfect president. that's probably a promise governor romney thinks i kept. i fight every day for the americ
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm EDT
down in ohio. but in virginia, romney's down by just two. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney's done well. >> going up against mitt romney is not a fun thing. he's got the facts. he drills you, stays, tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> don't use a term like that. >> reporter: aides admit barack obama in debates can sound like a professorial know it all. >> i understand the broader point that senator clinton has been trying to make over the last several weeks. >> reporter: tonight's format is from 2008, two podiums, moderator jim lehrer, 90 minutes, no breaks. a back-and-forth on domestic issues with possible fireworks. >> i think you're going to see both of them be more aggressive than either of their campaigns have predicted, because the stakes are pretty high. >> reporter: the contest could get even tighter after tonight's clash. but most here in denver agree, this race could be decided by this debate. at the university of denver, i'm steve handelsman, news4. now back to you. >>> you can watch tonight's debate here on nbc 4, live coverage at 9:00. a
NBC
Oct 8, 2012 6:00pm EDT
, news4. >>> there's a new poll out that suggests mitt romney's strong debate performance last week has improved his standing in the presidential race. the pew research center shows romney leading president obama among likely voters by a margin of 49% to 45%. three weeks ago, that same poll gave president obama an 8-point lead. >>> today the united nations secretary-general said the violence in syria is threatening the stability of the region. activists say the civil war has claimed more than 30,000 lives since it began last year, and the violence has spread beyond the borders. syrian mortars have landed in turkey. for six straight days turkey has launched retaliatory strikes. and warned syria not to test his resolve. he said turkey is ready for war. >>> posters considered so controversial they might incite violence are now hanging in several metro stations. news4's jackie bensen is at the u street station with reactions from riders and from the woman who is behind this campaign. >> reporter: well, the judge ordered the posters to be installed by 5:00 this evening. and it looks like
NBC
Oct 7, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. he's already seeing a bounce from his debate performance. a new rasmussen poll shows romney leading president obama by two machine points in that battleground state. >>> a wedding celebration takes a violent turn. a massive brawl broke out between two wedding parties at a hotel bar in philadelphia. youtube video shows a chaotic scene in which guests are seen fighting with police. four people were arrested. a 57-year-old wedding guest, reportedly the uncle of the bride, suppered a heart attack. he was taken to a hospital but pronounced dead a short time later. >>> was it a rumble or a fumble. two of tv's biggest personalities debated politics while most of the audience at home couldn't watch it. it was a hit for those who did see it at george washington university, but video servers crashed because of overwhelming demand. viewers who paid $5 to stream the debate online took to twitter when they couldn't connect. organize verse apologized. they have offered refunds to subscribers who had problems or they're saying you can go back online and watch it in its entirety. you saw a lot of t
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Oct 5, 2012 4:30am EDT
rally in st. petersburg. >>> if romney did gain an advantage from his debate performance, he had the biggest audience watching. the nielsen ratings company said an estimated 67.2 million people tuned in for the debate. it's the largest audience for a debate since bill clinton, george bush, and ross perot faced off in 1992. the biggest was for joe biden and sarah palin that attracted 70 million viewers. democrat tim kaine is leading governor george allen in fund-raising. the former governor raised $4.5 million between july and september. that is over george allen, $3.5 million, who is also a former governor. >>> this morning a prince william county woman is accused of operating an illegal daycare and cruelty to children. tara angeline ran growing minds daycare licensed out of her home on summer work drive in manassas. police say tuesday she left six children all under 2 years old in the care of her 16-year-old daughter. during the investigation, child protective services agency officials said angeline often made her teenager watch the children for long hours. >>> this week marks ten y
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 11:00pm EDT
/ryan rally was more like a victory campaign. most political observers say romney won the debate. >> last night was an important night for the country because people got the -- >> reporter: romney then offered his own debate analysis of sorts. >> i got the chance to ask the president questions that people across the country have wanted to ask him, such as, why is it that he pushed obamacare at a time when we had 23 million people out of work? >> reporter: running mate paul ryan also turned attention to the debate. >> last night america got to see the man i know, a leader. >> reporter: this post-debate rally was staged in a reliably red part of virginia. the event was delayed because so many people were still trying to drive in. early in the evening, the nra officially endorsed the romney/ryan ticket passing out orange hats. and trace adkins warmed up the crowd, but it was still the romney debate performance that had voters energized. >> he took the debate by the get-go. this is one of the most vibrant campaign rallies since he started i think. >> a lot of people felt like they di
NBC
Oct 2, 2012 11:00am EDT
romney will keep low profiles today as they prepare for their first debate. the republican presidential nominee told supporters creating jobs will be his administrations top priority. president obama didn't make any campaign stops yesterday. he's preparing right now in nevada. >>> storm 4 meteorologist tom kierein joins us right now with some explaining. huh told us it was going rain and it did as you said. >> as my aunt used to say, it rained pitch forks and hammer handles. it came down, made a lot of noise and is coming down hard around the region. traffic is still crawling through much of the region. here is a photo tweeted by melissa mollet. she has to pull over because the rain was coming down so hard. this was in gaithersburg. when the rain is coming down hard, just pull over and wait. these are passing heavy downpours. thanks for posting that. send your photos to www.nbcwashington.com. look at that scene. you can barely make out the jefferson memorial in the moderate showers coming through. behind that, we have fog as well. reagan national cloudy. rain is temporarily
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Oct 3, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. with a lot on the line in past debates, romney has done well. >> going against romney is not a fun thing. he has the facts. he drills you, stays, tenacious. >> reporter: and sometimes aggressive. >> the idea that i'm anti-immigrant is repulsive. don't use a term like that. >> reporter: aides admit barack obama in debates can sound like a professorial know it all. >> i understand the broader point that senator clinton has been trying to make over the last several weeks. >> reporter: tonight's format is from 2008. moderator jim lehrer, 90 minutes, no breaks. with possible fireworks. >> i think you'll see both of them be more aggressive than either of their campaigns have predicted because the stakes are pretty high. >> reporter: the content could get even tighter, after tonight's clash. but most here in denver agree, this race could be decided by this debate. live at the university of denver, steve handelsman, news4. >>> and of course, nbc news will bring you live coverage of all three presidential debates. tonight's coverage starts at 9:00 right here on nbc 4. >>> of course, tonight
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 7:00am EDT
energetic mitt romney comes out firing with a strong performance in the first presidential debate. >> virtually everything he said about my tax plan is inaccurate. your title as a president, you own an airplane and a house, but not your own facts. >> the president did not seem to ben his game. can one night change the race? >>> "today" exclusive, matt's rare and revealing interview with facebook ceo mark zuckerberg, how does he deal with the spotlight? and does he take responsibility for his company's recent struggles? >> the question i ask myself and i hear over and over, if a company has a billion customers, how can they not be killing it making money? >> that answer as the social network reaches a major milestone today. >>> and remember the school bus monitor taunted by middle schoolers. what she's doing to turn her story into something positive today, thursday, october 4th, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on this thursday morning. i'm savannah gurthrie. >> we both had a late night. >> a lot of coffee. >> exactly. thi
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Oct 2, 2012 7:00am EDT
, thanks. >>> now to tomorrow's highly anticipated debate between president obama and mitt romney. today both candidates are hunkering down for what could be a pivotal night in this race. chuck todd is nbc's political director and chief white house correspondent in denver tonight in place where the debate will take place tomorrow night. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. these candidates have each done four mock debates, mitt romney and president obama. they will each do one more today. it's more preparation than any two candidates have ever put in to general election presidential debates in the modern era of presidential politics. >> because i get the opportunity to introduce to you the next president of the united states, governor mitt romney. >> reporter: mitt romney landed in colorado monday night scoring the endorsement of denver broncos football legend john elway. >> what an honor, what a welcome and colorado welcome. thank you so much >> reporter: governor's first and only event ahead of tomorrow's big presidential debate was at a packed air an
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Oct 6, 2012 12:35am EDT
aggressive and a lot tougher on mitt romney in the next debate. which explains obama's new debate coach, nicki minaj. [ laughter ] i'm afraid. i'm afraid of nicki minaj, yeah. some more political news. in a new interview, mitt romney said that he is against marijuana being used for recreational purposes. [ boos ] when stoners heard that, they were like, "well, what about just for fun? [ laughter ] can we use it for fun?" [ cheers and applause ] check this out. in a new interview, first lady michelle obama said that she would choose will smith or denzel washington to play her husband in a movie. or as democrats put that, "any way they can play him in a debate?" [ laughter ] thank you, yeah. thank you very much. i just heard about this. the olive garden is getting rid of its famous catchphrase, "when you're here, you're family." yeah. they're gonna start using a more appropriate catchphrase. "when you're here, the wait was too long at the cheesecake factory." [ laughter ] that's what they're gonna change it to. yeah, it turns out that the whole time that we were there -- ♪ we weren't fa
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Oct 2, 2012 11:00pm EDT
journal poll say the debates will be an important factor in tlar result. >> reporter: jim, it's the first face-to-face meeting between barack obama and mitt romney in nearly five years. the first is domestic matters and the economy. at this time tomorrow night, it will all be over left to the pun dants and the voters. >> home of the pioneers, the university of denver plays home to sparring contenders of the political kind. final touches were put on the debate today where in less than 24 hours, potential gaps and zingers could fly. president obama took a break and visited the hoover dam. mitt romney took time out for a buritto bowl. and romney may have gotten zinger help from an unlikely ally today. vice president joe biden campaigning in north carolina. >> how they can justify raising taxes in the middle class has been buried the last four years. how in lord's name can they justify it? >> reporter: republicans pounced. >> we agreed. we need to elect mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: in person absentee voting is already under way. early voeting going only in
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Oct 6, 2012 6:30pm EDT
that's taken potential game changing twist this week. mitt romney's strong debate performance and yesterday's timely drop in the nation's unemployment rate. these are critical days on every level from fund-raising to how the candidates define themselves and each other to an electorate that is now fully engaged and focused. our andrea mitchell is standing by with analysis, but first nbc's peter alexander on the campaign trail in florida tonight. good evening. >> reporter: with one month to go, mitt romney is trying to capture the energy, with more enthusiastic crowds and a simpler message. >> thank you. >> reporter: after weeks that reenergized republicans and reinvigorated the race, president obama is trying to blunt mitt romney's momentum embracing friday's encouraging economic news. >> we learned that the unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since i took office. more americans are entering the workforce. more americans are getting jobs. >> but romney hasn't ceded any ground, attacking failed policies that have stifled growth. >> the participation of our adults in the wor
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Oct 4, 2012 10:00pm EDT
today, mitt romney looks to build on his debate momentum as the jobs report is released. >>> and the guy who pulled a prank on customers waiting for the new iphone when we see you friday on today. >> there is ha iphone again. that is our broadcast this week. next week while we will be on the air it will be for the live coverage of the vice presidential debate and "rock center" will return the following week. for all the good folks who worked so hard to bring you tonight's broadcast, good night from new york. your late local news begins now.
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Oct 9, 2012 5:00pm EDT
loudoun county victory effort. she thinks women are seeing romney in a new way since the debate. >> i think the debate gave people an unfiltered view of him. and showed how warm and personal he is. and what a devoted husband and father he is and that he does deeply care and understands the difficulties that women have been facing in this economy. >> reporter: sharon sadler is an engineer by trade. a lifelong republican. she is drawn to mitt romney because of his economic policies. social issues are secondary for her. >> i'm a big fan of the independents. having a strong economy so i can be financially independent. having a tax code that lets me remain financially independent. the health care, being able to pick my own health care options that fit me. >> reporter: both campaigns know the candidates' spouses are a powerful way to fire up female voters. ann romney was in the richmond area yesterday and the first lady comes to loudoun today. these obama supporters say they believe that tightening of the gender gap is only temporary. they say for women, president obama is the only choice.
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Oct 2, 2012 6:00pm EDT
debate. andrew hoping for a breakthrough by his candidate. mitt romney. >> i want him to talk about conservative values. especially economically. empowering small businesses. >> reporter: chris used to vote republican. not anymore. >> what really change my mind recently is it seems to have gotten away from taking care of the little guy. >> reporter: doug is undecided. >> i would like to see some details. both from romney and obama. mainly on tax policy. >> reporter: vice president biden said romney would hike middle class taxes. >> how they can justify raising tax on the middle class has been buried the last four years. >> reporter: republicans jumped on that. buried by obama? >> vice president biden just today said that the middle class over the last four years has been, quote, buried. we agree. that mean we need to stop digging by electing mitt romney the next president of the united states. >> reporter: that's the kind of zinger sure to be heard tomorrow night. doug, andrew and chris say they hope to hear a lot of substance, too. at debate number one in their battleground ate. a
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Oct 2, 2012 4:00pm EDT
are underway for tomorrow's first presidential debate in denver. it could be the best chance for mitt romney to change the race in battleground states like colorado, florida, and ohio. nbc's steve handelsman joins us live with more on what to speck during the rumble in the rockies. steve? >> reporter: i like that, pat, thanks. good evening. this is the campus of the university of denver. south and west of downtown on the way to the mountains. this is the site of tomorrow night's possibly critical first presidential debate. it will be watched nationwide. some voters in ohio camped out to be the first to cast early ballots in this battleground state. most states start voting before november 6th. putting more focus on the first debate in denver. doug hudson, andrew and chris run bicycle company in colorado. they took me out to red rocks today. these guys will watch the debate. andrew, hoping for a breakthrough by his candidate, mitt romney. >> i want him to talk about conservative values, especially economically. empowering small businesses. >> reporter: chris used to vote republica
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Oct 4, 2012 4:00am EDT
. >> reporter: the pressure was on mitt romney who needed a turn around. president obama came into the debate ahead in every battleground state. with an estimated 60 million americans watching on tv, cable and the web, moderator jim leherer asked can you put more people to work? >> the answer is, yes, we can help. >> reporter: romney would cut taxes and regulations on small business. >> my priority is jobs, and so what i do is i bring down the tax rates. >> governor romney's proposal that he's been promoting for 18 months calls for a $5 trillion tax cut. >> reporter: which the president claimed would help the rich at others' expense. >> the average middle class family with young children would pay $2,000 more. >> everything he said about my tax plan is not accurate. >> it is not possible to come up with enough tax cuts to avoid either raising the deficit or burdening the middle class. it's math. it's arithmetic. >> reporter: on medicare and social security one agreement. >> neither the president nor i are proposing any changes for any current retirees or near retirees. >> reporter: in ten yea
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Oct 3, 2012 11:00am EDT
the night's face-off. >> reporter: the stage is set for tonight's debate. while mitt romney took a break from practice to get a burrito, president obama visited hoover dam. aids say they are coaching the president to keep his answers short and be aggressive. romney is practicing how not to get irritated. >> the president could take it away. mitt romney has to have a good night to get the trajectory of the race to change. >> reporter: the new nbc poll shows romney with momentum, just three points behind president obama. more voters than ever think the economy is improving. what are they listening for tonight? >> i would like to hear some, you know, firm stances on positio positions, definitely some good debate. both the candidates thinking on their feet. >> reporter: inundated with ads, some residents say they won't watch the debate. >> i already know who i'm voting for. i don't want to hear it anymore. >> reporter: in the poll, six in ten found the debates somewhat important or not at all. >> mitt romney's campaign called the debate a restart of the campaign. right now, the republi
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Oct 9, 2012 4:00am EDT
has been courting hispanics there, but he also said that mitt romney's debate was more style over substance, that debate really fueling the polls and we'll see if it's affected by the vice presidential debate this week. vice president biden, paul ryan debate on thursday. both of them out of the public spotlight as they continue to study for that. ryan is in florida. vice president biden is in delaware. he says he is focusing on ryan's speeches and on his budget. lynn? >>> tracie pots for us in washington. tracie, thank you. >>> a nashville hospital is reporting another death from the meningitis outbreak. that's according to the associated press. if confirmed, it would be the fifth deadly case in tennessee, the ninth nationally. at least 105 people in nine states from minnesota to florida have been affected. the cdc now believes 13,000 people in 23 states may have received steroid injections tied to this outbreak. while many are believed not to be at risk, those who got the shot between late june and september are being urged to get checked. >>> for the very first time we are heari
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Oct 3, 2012 4:30am EDT
debate tonight. romney has spent the past few days in the mile high city preparing for tonight. he took a break yesterday for lunch at chipotle. both campaigns know how crucial tonight's debate is especially in virginia. >> i think it's an opportunity for governor romney to flush out these issues face to face with president obama. there's no opportunity for the obama campaign to twist his message or his words. >> he's very good at explaining what's going on, what he's proposing, what he has done. and i don't think there's anything to worry about. >> president obama and mitt romney will face off in two more debates. the next one is a week from tomorrow in danville, kentucky. president obama now leading mitt romney by three percentage points among all likely voters in the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. the margin of error is 3.1%, so that puts the race in a virtual tie. the president led his republican rival by five percent two weeks ago. he has a much wider lead if you consider registered voters. you can watch tonight's debate right here on nbc 4. nbc news has live team
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Oct 7, 2012 6:30pm EDT
. they conceded that romney had a strong debate but called it dishonest. >> mitt romney had a theatrical performance just this last week, but the underpinnings of that performance were fundamentally dishonest. >> reporter: and explained what went wrong with the president's own debate performance. >> he was a bit taken aback with the brazenness of which governor romney walked away from so many of the positions on which he's run. >> reporter: promising there will be changes. >> i assume he has reviewed the tape and it will inform how he handles these subsequent debates. >> reporter: the campaign launching a new attack ad. >> this was dishonest. >> i'm not in favor of a $5 billion tax cut. >> reporter: and after romney took aim at sesame street -- >> i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs, i'm going to stop other things -- i like pbs. i like big bird. >> reporter: big bird stayed way up past his bedtime to appear on "saturday night live." >> do you have any political statement you would like to make? >> no, i don't want to ruffle any feathers. >> reporter: first up here in los ange
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Oct 6, 2012 6:00am EDT
, celebrating their anniversary because of wednesday's debate. he'll be heading to california tomorrow for a campaign event. mitt romney will be in the swing state of florida today. he is scheduled to speak at a campaign event in orlando as he hopes to keep his post debate momentum going. >>> government officials and economists are firing back after some republicans claimed yesterday's job numbers were manipulated. after the job numbers came out, former ge ceo jack welch said the government tweaked the numbers on purpose to help the president. the unemployment rate dropped to 7.8% from 8.1% but officials from the bureau of labor statistics say the numbers are almost impossible to manipulate. general electric is the minority shareholder of nbc. >>> a nail polish company with facilities in maryland is set to layoff more than 100 people at the end of the year. the company owned by revlon is closing its beltsville facility. >>> d.c. mayor vincent gray says he is not worried about the 2014 mayoral election focusing instead on his current term. he dismissed a tweet yesterday that said he wou
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Oct 3, 2012 5:00am EDT
and mitt romney will face off tonight in their first presidential debate. it will take place at this hockey arena in denver. romney has spent the past few days in the mile high city preparing for tonight. he took a break yesterday for lunch at chipotle. the president has been preparing in nevada. he visited the hoover dam. both campaigns now how crucial tonight's debate is. >> i think it's an opportunity for governor romney to flush out these issues face to face with president obama and there's no opportunity for the obama campaign to twist his message or his past words. >> he's very good at explaining what's going on, what he's proposing, what he has done. and i don't think there's anything to worry about. >> president obama and mitt romney will face off in two more debates, the next one is a week from tomorrow in danville, kentucky. president obama may be ahead in the polls in mean swing states, but nationally, the race for president remains extremely tight. the president leads mitt romney by 3% among likely voters. the poll's margin of error is 3.1%. so that puts the race in a vir
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Oct 7, 2012 11:30pm EDT
, meanwhile, continues to play a huge role in the presidential campaign. after governor romney's speech tomorrow first lady michelle obama will be in loudoun county coming up on tuesday. and virginia's u.s. senate candidates will hold their second debate tomorrow. republican george allen and democrat tim kaine will square off in richmond. a recent nbc "wall street journal" marist poll shows kaine pulling ahead of allen 49% to 44%. "meet the press's" david gregory motd moderated their first debate last month. news 4's aaron gilchrist and julie carey were panelists. >>> new details tonight in a story we brought you last week. that dog that disappeared after a violent early morning attack in northeast has now been found. back on friday a woman was walking murray when she says a jogger started yelling at her, claiming murray bit him. she says the man grabbed murray's leash and he slipped out of his collar and then disappeared. that's when she says the man turned on her, grabbing her and sexually assaulting her. she screamed for help, and the man ran off. today the washington humane society
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Oct 8, 2012 4:00am EDT
still seeing mitt romney with a boost after the debate, and today he will argue that under the president, america is weaker against enemies abroad. mitt romney gives a big foreign policy speech in virginia today, but over the weekend in florida, he focused on taxes and president obama. >> he will ultimately have to raise taxes on middle income taxes by $4,000 a year. >> reporter: since last week's debate, which romney is widely regarded as having won, both sides argued the other was dishonest. >> he was a little taken aback at the brazenness with which governor romney walked away from so many of the positions on which he's run. >> reporter: their truth war now on tv. >> not telling the truth about mitt romney's tax plan. >> this was dishonest. >> i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. >> the governor knows his $5 trillion tax cut isn't too popular, so a few weeks before the election, he's trying to pretend it doesn't exist. >> reporter: president obama at a star-studded fundraising concert, heads to san francisco today with romney's poll numbers improving. >> they're lookin
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Oct 5, 2012 6:00am EDT
campaign back on track after what pundits from both sides have called a poor debate performance. and romney will attack the president's energy policies. >> with a second wind from the debate, romney is trying to distance himself from controversial comments caught on hidden camera. romney appeared on the sean hannity show on fox news last night and said his comments about the 47% of americans who don't pay income tax were, quote, just completely wrong. in that video, romney said 47% of americans consider themselves victims and don't take personal responsibility. he originally defended those comments. >>> there is anticipation ahead of september's jobs report. analysts are predicting the economy added 115,000 to 125,000 jobs last month. that's better than the disappointing 96,000 jobs added in august. the unemployment stands at 8.1%. >>> to a developing story. public health officials are rn wai warning hundreds of people in more than 20 states, including maryland and virginia, about a steroid contaminated and responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak. the steroid was sent to 20 different f
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Oct 1, 2012 5:00am EDT
, the president and mitt romney have two more days to get ready for their first debate. >> ahead in sports, the redskins are back to 500 after nearly letting a big lead slip right through their fingers. we'll be back. >> your weather first on this monday morning. grab a jacket. 40s and 50s out there. a little fog north and west of town from some of the showers yesterday evening that left a little moisture in. we may see low 70s this afternoon. here's a look at the day planner. clouds will be increasing while we'll have morning sunshine. upper 60s, maybe low 70s with a chance for a few showers late this afternoon. best chance of that will be west and southwest of d.c. i'll be back in about five minutes talking about some rain for tuesday. right now over to beverly farmer. she'll let you know what's happening with your morning commute. >>> what's not happening is the road work. they cleared it between fredricksburg and 17 falmouth. that's the good news. northbound 95 moving at a better pace now finally coming up from route 3 across the rapahannock river and heading up toward quantico.
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Oct 4, 2012 5:00am EDT
debate. they went after each other on several issues, including mitt romney's tax plan. >> now, governor romney's proposal, that he has been promoting for 18 months, calls for a $5 trillion tax cut on top of $2 trillion of additional spending for our military. and he is saying that he is going to pay for it by closing loopholes and deductions. the problem is that he's been asked over 100 times how you would close those deductions and loopholes and he hasn't been able to identify them. >> first of all, i don't have a $5 trillion tax cut. i don't have a tax cut of the scale that you're talking about. my view is that we ought to provide tax relief to people in the middle class, but i'm not going to reduce the share of tax paid by high income people. high income people are doing just fine in this economy. they'll do fine whether you're president or i am. the people who are having the hard time right now are middle income americans. >> romney also warned that president obama's plan to let tax cuts for the wealthy expire would raise taxes on the small businesses that create hundreds of thousan
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Oct 5, 2012 7:00pm EDT
perhaps your ears picked up during this year's debate, when mitt romney talked about federal funding and took on pbs in the process. it was one of the memorable moments in the debate, when mitt romney called for an end to government funding of the moderator's own network. >> i am going to stop the subsidy to pbs, i like big bird, i like you too, but i won't keep spending on things to get china to pay for it. >> but while he didn't have an attack that night, president obama talked about it the next day. >> he will get regulations on wall street, but he will crack down on sesame street. thank goodness, somebody is finally cracking down on big bird. >> pbs has had mostly conservative politicians for years, when he was house speaker, gingrich called it the little sand box for the rich, prompting others to impact about pbs. >> i think he chose the wrong target. >> the network of sesame street and the civil war and masters, pbs has 179 stations across the country, including some smaller rural stations that couldn't make it without the subsidies. the federal share of the corporation for public
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Oct 9, 2012 6:00am EDT
. >>> a post-debate for mitt romney has him leading in at least one poll. a survey by pew research shows mitt romney now holds a 4-point lead over the president, 49% to 45%. it amounts to a huge swing for the former governor who trailed the president by 8 points in pew's previous poll, just about a month ago, 51-43. the poll shows romney's favorability is rising and he is making gains among women and hispanic voters. >>> mitt romney and president obama will be campaigning in the heartland today. romney will be visiting iowa. it will be the gop nominee easily seventh trip to iowa since finishing second in that state's caucuses in january. romney will visit ohio where the president will be this afternoon. mr. obama will be at ohio state university in columbus. he has campaigned on more than 30 college campuses this year. the first lady campaigning for the president today here in northern virginia. michelle obama will speak to supporters at the loudoun county fairgrounds in leesburg this evening. virginia has been a common stop for both candidates and their spouses. mitt romney and hi
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Oct 1, 2012 11:00pm EDT
groups in well-lit areas. >> the first debate between president obama and mitt romney begins in less than 48 hours now. >>> the university of denver is setting the stage tonight. romney needs a good debate to narrow the gap in some battleground states. the president is hoping for a strong challenge. both of them will campaign in virginia after the debate. romney will be near charlottesville on thursday. the president will be in northern virginia on friday. there have been more than a few nasty attacks from supporters of both the president and mitt romney. but some neighbors near virginia are out raged at one anti-obama display. they say it crosses if line into racism. wendy rigger here now with more. >> this is freedom of speech in craig county, virginia. a man named cur tisz caldwell has put up a statue of a monkey wearing a mask of the president's face. he told our sister station his only message is that another four years of the president would be bad for the country. >> not trying to say that obama is an ape or nothing. if i had a kangaroo, i would have put a kangaroo up there. i
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Oct 3, 2012 6:00am EDT
presidential debate this evening. mitt romney has been preparing for the debates in denver the past few days. president obama has been preching in neff. both have been keeping low profiles in recent days. meanwhile republicans are seizing on comments vice president joe biden made at a campaign stop yesterday to say the obama administration's economic policies are not working. >> how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class that's been buried the last four years. >> of course the middle class has been buried. they're being bear ruried by regulations, taxes, borrowing. they're being buried by the obama administration's economic failures. >> biden later tried to clarify his comment by saying the middle class was buried by policies mitt romney and paul ryan supported. >>> and mitt romney's campaign has called tonight's debate a restart of the campaign. right now the republican nominee trails by 3% among likely voters. that is according to the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. that is also within the poll's margin of error. the president leads by seven points, though, among al
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Oct 2, 2012 6:00am EDT
, president obama and mitt romney will keep low profiles as they prepare for their first debate. romney held this rally in denver where that debate will take place monday night. the republican presidential nominee told his supporters that creating jobs will be his administration's top priority. president obama did not make any campaign stops. he's preparing for tomorrow night's debate in nevada. >>> they've got a three-step plan to avoid a fiscal cliff in january. that cliff, $1 trillion in automatic spending cuts hits on january 1st. the plan includes reducing the deficit by about $4 trillion over ten years. an overhaul of the tax code and changes to medicare and social security. several tax cuts could also end if the cliff is not avoided, meaning about $3,500 more in taxes for the average household. >>> american university is warning students to be on alert after a string of incidents where a man has groped students near campus. there have been four reported incidents in the last week. the most recent one happened sunday night on massachusetts avenue. police say the suspect comes up from b
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Oct 3, 2012 7:00pm EDT
podium on the right, mitt romney at the podium on the left. this debate is separated into six 15-minute segments focusing heavily on the economy. touching down in denver this afternoon, president obama has prepared more for these debates than any sitting president in the modern era. while anticipation builds at the tightly controlled debate site mitt romney fine tuned his message in private, advisers say, relaxing with three of his sons and fueling up on a peanut butter and honey sandwich. >> i believe that the 21st century can be better than the 20th. >> you can do that. it's your future. go claim it. >> reporter: outside the debate hall cameras caught a brief glimpse of the candidates' motorcades. their walkthroughs inside the 1500-seat arena, kept out of view. >> two, three, four, five. >> reporter: for days advisers from both sides have been negotiating details from lighting to the angle of the podiums. the rules even address which spouse will be introduced first. mrs. romney, then mrs. obama. and a coin toss determined the president will speak first with romney getting the l
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Oct 1, 2012 7:00pm EDT
, getting down to work, each claims to be the underdog. >> governor romney, he's -- he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> he plays, barack obama, he plays them well, too. i hate to tell you. >> reporter: mitt romney practicing with ohio senator rob portman looks like he's been getting a workout. the president sparring with john kerry, even chose a key suburb in nevada, a battleground state, for his practice session. neither candidate is known as a great debater. aides say the president doesn't like to talk in sound bites, and can be patronizing. >> you're likeable enough, hillary. >> thank you. >> reporter: romney, say advisers, can come off as out of touch with average voters. >> rick, i'll tell you what, 10,000 bucks? $10,000 bet? >> reporter: in the 52 years since the debates were first televised the first rule is that appearances count. nixon should have shaved. al gore shouldn't have sighed. and the camera never blinks. challengers can benefit just by being on the stage with an incumbent president. >> are you better off than you were four years ago? >> reporter: it helps to have a
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Oct 9, 2012 5:00am EDT
. getting a boost. how big an impact mitt romney's debate performance is having on the upcoming election. >>> why a woman accused of running an unlicensed day care is facing more charges this morning. >>> it definitely feels like fall this morning. this is what we're waking up to. what you can expect along the sun rises with weather and traffic on the 1s. >>> looking at the stories making headline is a the 5:29, friends and family mourning the death of a fairfax county teen found dead days after he disappeared. >>> kwame brown making an unexpected appearance in court today. >>> nationals are hoping hometown fans are the recipe for success in their playoff series with the cardinals. we'll have more throughout the morning. first, good morning to you. >> welcome back to "news 4 today" on tuesday, october 9th. a live look outside for you this morning. i had rain coming in. veronica says things are getting better. >> true confession. >> as opposed to a lie? go ahead. >> true, i put the heat on in my car. >> i had the heat on in my apartment yesterday all day long, cranked it up a little bit t
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Oct 3, 2012 9:00pm EDT
massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate and the next three, two presidential, one vice presidential, are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six roughly 15-minute segments with two-minute answers for the first question, then open discussion for the remainder of each segment. thousands of people offered suggestions on segment subjects or questions via the internet and other means, but i made the final selections, and for the record, they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. the segments as i announced in advance will be three on the economy and one each on health care, the role of government, t on overning. differences, specifics, and choices. both candidates will also have two-minute closing statements. the audience here in the hall has promised to remain silent. no cheers, applause, boos, hisses among other noisy distracting things. so we may all concentrate on what the candidates h
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Oct 3, 2012 12:35am EDT
debates. here we go. pro, hearing mitt romney passionately argue for one side of an issue. con, then hearing him passionately argue for the other side of that issue. [ laughter and applause ] "sorry, mitt, but i'm gonna have to disagree with myself. you're a little out of line, mitt. i'll be the judge of that." [ light laughter ] pro, romney has asked people to lower their expectations for how he will perform. con, i used to do that all the time with my girlfriend in college. [ laughter ] very hard life. it was a very hard life. >> steve: should've had some mint liqueur back then. >> jimmy: i should've. [ light laughter ] pro, hearing tom brokaw break down the debate with moderator jim lehrer. con, hearing tom brokaw try to pronounce -- [ as tom brokaw ] "lehrer." [ laughter ] "leh -- lehrer. jim lehrer. leh-eh-lehrer." [ scattered applause ] [ laughter ] >> jimmy: pro, mitt romney will answer every foreign policy question by saying what his conservative base wants to hear. con, obama will answer every foreign policy question by saying, "i killed osama bin laden, bitches," and droppi
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Oct 1, 2012 6:00pm EDT
said today, it's huge. they're setting up for the debate in denver. one of mitt romney's biggest backers sounds upbeat. >> every time he's been challenged, in one of these situations, and had a debate, he's come forward with an outstanding performance. listen, i plead guilty to having confidence in the guy on wednesday night. >> reporter: but romney trails in every battleground state. >> he's got to redefine himself as someone who cares about the average american. he's got to show how his policies connect to that caring. and he has to show how president obama's policies have not produced a better result than his policies will. boy, that's a lot to do in one debate. >> reporter: at a rally in nevada last night, president obama denied he's confident. >> no, no, governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: while the candidates disappear for debate practice, their campaigns are working harder. pat harper, 79, is a volunteer for president obama. >
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